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How Michigan lawmakers voted on right-to-work law
December 10, 2012 | AP How Michigan legislators voted Thursday on right-to-work bills that would bar unions from collecting mandatory fees from workers they represent under collective bargaining agreements: SENATE Republicans voting yes: Darwin Booher of Evart, Jack Brandenburg of Harrison Township, Bruce Caswell of Hillsdale, Patrick Colbeck of Canton, Judy Emmons of Sheridan, Goeff Hansen of Hart, Dave Hildenbrand of Lowell, Joe Hune of Whitmore Lake, Mark Jansen of Grand Rapids, Rick Jones of Grand Ledge, Roger Kahn of Saginaw, Mike Kowall of White Lake, Jim Marleau of Lake Orion, Arlan Meekhof of West Olive, John Moolenaar of Midland, John Pappageorge of Troy, Phil Pavlov of St. Clair, John Proos of St. Joseph, Randy Richardville of Monroe, David Robertson of Grand Blanc, Tonya Schuitmaker of Lawton, Howard Walker of Traverse City. Republicans voting no: Tom Casperson of Escanaba, Mike Green of Mayville, Mike Nofs of Battle Creek, Tory Rocca of Sterling Heights. Democrats voting yes: None. Democrats voting no: Glenn Anderson of Westland, Steve Bieda of Warren, John Gleason of Flushing, Vincent Gregory of Southfield, Morris Hood III of Detroit, Hoon-Yung Hopgood of Taylor, Tupac Hunter of Detroit, Bert Johnson of Detroit, Virgil Smith of Detroit, Rebekah Warren of Ann Arbor, Gretchen Whitmer of East Lansing, Coleman Young of Detroit. --- HOUSE Republicans voting yes: David Agema of Grandville, Jase Bolger of Marshall, Jon Bumstead of Newaygo, Mike Callton of Nashville, Kevin Cotter of Mount Pleasant, Hugh Crawford of Novi, Kevin Daley of Attica, Kurt Damrow of Port Austin, Cindy Denby of Fowlerville, Jeff Farrington of Utica, Frank Foster of Pellston, Ray Franz of Onekama, Bob Genetski of Saugatuck, Jud Gilbert of Algonac, Ben Glardon of Owosso, Joe Graves of Argentine, Gail Haines of Lake Angelus, Joe Haveman of Holland, Kurt Heise of Plymouth, Thomas Hooker of Byron Center, Holly Hughes of Montague, Matt Huuki of Atlantic Mine, Bradford Jacobsen of Oxford, Nancy Jenkins of Clayton, Joel Johnson of Clare, Marty Knollenberg of Troy, Eileen Kowall of White Lake, Kenneth Kurtz of Coldwater, Andrea LaFontaine of Richmond, Matt Lori of Constantine, Pete Lund of Shelby, Lisa Posthumus Lyons of Alto, Peter MacGregor of Rockford, Greg MacMaster of Kewadin, Tom McMillin of Rochester Hills, Chuck Moss of Birmingham, Paul Muxlow of Brown City, Aric Nesbitt of Lawton, Margaret O'Brien of Portage, Rick Olson of Saline, Paul Opsommer of DeWitt, Mark Ouimet of Ann Arbor, Rick Outman of Six Lakes, Peter Pettalia of Presque Isle, Earl Poleski of Jackson, Phil Potvin of Cadillac, Amanda Price of Holland, Al Pscholka of Stevensville, Bruce Rendon of Lake City, Bill Rogers of Brighton, Roy Schmidt of Grand Rapids, Wayne Schmidt of Traverse City, Deb Shaughnessy of Charlotte, Mike Shirkey of Clark Lake, Jim Stamas of Midland, Sharon Tyler of Niles, John Walsh of Livonia, Ken Yonker of Caledonia. Republicans voting no: Anthony Forlini of Harrison Township, Ken Goike of Ray Township, Ken Horn of Frankenmuth, Ed McBroom of Vulcan, Pat Somerville of New Boston, Dale Zorn of Ida. Democrats voting yes: None. Democrats voting no: Jim Ananich of Flint, Vicki Barnett of Farmington Hills, Joan Bauer of Lansing, Timothy Bledsoe of Grosse Pointe, Lisa Brown of West Bloomfield, Charles Brunner of Bay City, Barb Byrum of Onondaga, Phil Cavanagh of Redford, Paul Clemente of Lincoln Park, Bob Constan of Dearborn Heights, George Darany of Dearborn, Brandon Dillon of Grand Rapids, Fred Durhal of Detroit, Doug Geiss of Taylor, Tim Greimel of Auburn Hills, Richard Hammel of Flushing, Harold Haugh of Roseville, Rudy Hobbs of Lathrup Village, Marcia Hovey-Wright of Muskegon, Lisa Howze of Detroit, Jeff Irwin of Ann Arbor, Shanelle Jackson of Detroit, Andrew Kandrevas of Southgate, Marilyn Lane of Fraser, Richard LeBlanc of Westland, Steven Lindberg of Marquette, Ellen Cogen Lipton of Huntington Woods, Lesia Liss of Warren, Sean McCann of Kalamazoo, Mark Meadows of East Lansing, David Nathan of Detroit, Stacy Erwin Oakes of Saginaw, John Olumba of Detroit, David Rutledge of Ypsilanti, Harvey Santana of Detroit, Kate Segal of Battle Creek, Dian Slavens of Canton, Charles Smiley of Burton, Thomas Stallworth of Detroit, Woodrow Stanley of Flint, Maureen Stapleton of Detroit, Jon Switalski of Warren, Alberta Tinsley Talabi of Detroit, Rashida Tlaib of Detroit, Jim Townsend of Royal Oak, Jimmy Womack of Detroit. The measures are Senate Bill 116 and House Bill 4054.
City adds sexual orientation to non-discrimination ordinance
East Grand Rapids, MI March 3, 2015 | WGVU A city in western Michigan is adding sexual orientation and gender identity to an existing non-discrimination ordinance on housing and employment.
Prosecutor: Officers acted in self-defense during shootout
Wyoming MI March 3, 2015 | WGVU A prosecutor has determined two police officers acted in self-defense during a fatal shootout with a suspect in a Grand Rapids suburb.
Former teacher accused in illicit photos case gets probation
St. Joseph, MI March 3, 2015 | WGVU A former southwestern Michigan middle school teacher accused of taking cellphone pictures of a student's underwear has been sentenced to five years of probation.
Lawmakers to be briefed on problem-plagued computer system
Lansing MI March 3, 2015 | WGVU Michigan officials are preparing to update lawmakers on a problem-plagued computer system that is intended to aid child welfare efforts.
Federal agency awards $5.5M in rental assistance to Michigan
Lansing MI March 3, 2015 | WGVU The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding more than $5.5 million in rental assistance to help Michigan residents with disabilities.
City may add sexual orientation to non-discrimination rules
EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. March 3, 2015 | WGVU East Grand Rapids is considering language to amend its housing and employment non-discrimination ordinance to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
IRS Expands Tax Center Test To Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids MI March 3, 2015 | WGVU The IRS has added Grand Rapids to its list of cities that offers appointment based tax help at its Tax Assistance Centers. The move is part of a test the IRS is doing to see if appointments work better than a walk-in system. The goal is to see if taxpayers avoid the long lines and wait times. The Grand Rapids and Marquette offices are the only two in Michigan.
Michigan officials seek frog, toad survey volunteers
LANSING, Mich. March 3, 2015 | WGVU Michigan officials are seeking volunteers to help with the state's annual frog and toad survey, which is entering its 20th year.
Strong US economy helps automakers plow through snowy weather and boost sales
DETROIT March 3, 2015 | AP Freezing temperatures and drifts of snow likely took a small bite out of U.S. auto sales last month, but most automakers are still reporting gains thanks to the strong economy.
Workers: Computer system slowing child protection efforts
LANSING, Mich. March 3, 2015 | AP Michigan caseworkers say a new computer system that launched 10 months ago is riddled with problems that are hampering their ability to protect vulnerable children.
House committee to take up adoption agency bills
March 3, 2015 | MPRN
A state House committee could vote tomorrow on bills to shield faith-based adoption agencies from having to serve LGBT couples if the US Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage.
Lawmakers considering penalties for failing to call 911 when someone is in danger
March 3, 2015 | MPRN State lawmakers are debating whether someone should face penalties if they fail to act when they know someone else is in danger.
Work starting on facilities for more Fermi 2 protection
Frenchtown Township, MI March 2, 2015 | WGVU Construction starts this week on two facilities to provide more backup protection for Fermi 2's nuclear reactor and used fuel pool in the event of a natural disaster.
Authorities find problem with recent drugged driving law
Lansing MI March 2, 2015 | WGVU Authorities say there's a problem with a recent Michigan law allowing police to conduct a preliminary roadside analysis for drugs and other intoxicating substances in addition to alcohol.
Damage estimate climbs in vandalism at Michigan ski resort
Ann Arbor MI March 2, 2015 | WGVU The general manager of a ski resort vandalized by University of Michigan students estimates the total damage is about four times the original estimate.
AAA Michigan: Gas prices rise 11 cents in past week to $2.42
Dearborn, MI March 2, 2015 | WGVU AAA Michigan reports statewide gas prices have increased by about 11 cents a gallon within the past week.
Girl, 3, critical after getting stuck outside in deep cold
Lansing MI March 2, 2015 | WGVU Lansing police say a 3-year-old girl sustained critical injuries from hypothermia after she apparently got out of her family's apartment in the bitter cold and then couldn't get back in through a locked door.
Women social workers face leadership barriers
March 2, 2015 | WGVU Social work in the United States was created by women. It would be reasonable to assume women hold the majority of leadership positions. Yet, that’s not the case. Two researchers from Western Michigan University’s Grand Rapids campus have revealed the barriers female social workers face. WGVU spoke with the authors of “Falling Silent: Analyzing the Voices of Women Leaders in the Social Work Profession.”
Officials seek to boost food assistance at farmers markets
East Lansing MI March 2, 2015 | WGVU Officials want to boost the use of food assistance benefits at farmers markets in Michigan.
East Grand Rapids reviews non-discrimination policy
March 2, 2015 | WGVU East Grand Rapids officials introduce a new non-discrimination ordinance tonight.
125,000 Dollar effort planned to help study Port of Muskegon
Muskegon MI March 2, 2015 | WGVU A $125,000 effort is planned to help study the best way to develop the Port of Muskegon in western Michigan.
Supporters push for paid sick leave statewide
March 2, 2015 | WGVU Advocates of paid sick leave renew efforts for a statewide policy.
Grants aid Port of Muskegon development study
March 2, 2015 | WGVU West Michigan’s largest natural deep-water port is the recipient of $125,000 in grants to fund study of possible development options.
Michigan could bypass healthier school fundraising rules
LANSING, Mich. March 2, 2015 | AP Legislation introduced in the state House and Senate would offer flexibility to raise money at least three times a week by selling snacks in Michigan schools now banned under federal guidelines.
Michigan pays $4.9M for membership in Common Core group
LANSING, Mich. March 2, 2015 | AP Michigan is paying $4.9 million this school year to continue its membership in a group that develops standardized tests aligned with national Common Core education standards.
Snyder names West Michigan school chief as education adviser
LANSING, Mich. March 2, 2015 | AP Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has named an intermediate school district leader from western Michigan as his new education policy adviser.
Skilled trades, Prop 1, state sup’t search big topics at governor’s education summit
March 2, 2015 | MPRN Governor Rick Snyder is getting some tough questions about the May roads ballot proposal at his education and economic summit this week in Detroit.
Michigan appeals federal wolf decision
March 2, 2015 | MPRN Michigan is appealing a federal judge’s decision to restore endangered species protections to the gray wolf. Wildlife groups filed the lawsuit after Michigan and other states adopted wolf hunting seasons.
Fermenta fosters female brewing creativity
February 27, 2015 | WGVU A new women's craft brewing guild makes its mark in Michigan.
Eastpointe man sentenced for selling fake auto insurance
Lansing MI February 27, 2015 | WGVU A 64-year-old Michigan man has been sentenced to one year in jail for selling fake auto insurance certificates.
State shuts down in-home day care amid death investigation
Kentwood MI February 27, 2015 | WGVU The state has shut down an in-home day care center in western Michigan following the death of an infant who'd recently been cared for there.
Jury can hear of road rage killing suspect's aggressive past
Howell MI February 27, 2015 | WGVU A judge says a jury can hear testimony that a 69-year-old man accused of a road-rage killing in southeastern Michigan was involved in a similar but non-fatal confrontation previously.
Compromise plan unveiled for Allied Paper Superfund site
Kalamazoo MI February 27, 2015 | WGVU A $65 million to $70 million compromise plan for cleaning up Kalamazoo's Allied Paper Superfund site has been unveiled.
Palisades nuclear plant's safety rating to be downgraded
Covert Twp MI February 27, 2015 | WGVU Federal regulators say the safety rating for Palisades nuclear power plant in southwestern Michigan will be downgraded following a violation related to how some workers' radiation doses were monitored and calculated.
Consumers Energy, Salvation Army Keep Customers Warm
Grand Rapids MI February 27, 2015 | WGVU The Salvation Army and Consumers Energy have joined forces once again to help with energy assistance during the cold winter months. More than a million dollars will help cover the cost of heating bills. We spoke with Salvation Army officials about this effort.
Net neutrality lawsuits, legal issues predicted
February 27, 2015 | WGVU The Federal Communications Commission’s decision to treat the internet as a public utility has a broad impact on consumers as well as business interests. WGVU breaks down some of the details with a local legal expert.
DeBoer attorney says SCOTUS arguments will focus on children
February 27, 2015 | WGVU Attorneys for the lesbian couple challenging Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban have filed their briefs with the US Suprem
e Court. Oral arguments are expected this spring.
State grant to GRCC helps bridge workforce and employer demands
February 27, 2015 | WGVU Developing a skilled workforce meeting the needs of area employers received a shot in the arm this week when the Michigan Economic Development Corporation awarded Grand Rapids Community College a $2.9 million grant.
Authorities: Woman dies after being hit by semi in Otsego
OTSEGO, Mich. February 27, 2015 | AP Authorities say a woman was fatally struck by a semi-truck after she fell while crossing a street in southwestern Michigan.
Study to examine Detroit-Lansing-Grand Rapids passenger rail
ANN ARBOR, Mich. February 27, 2015 | AP A study will look at possible new passenger rail service that could connect Detroit, Lansing, Grand Rapids and Holland.
Michigan, U.S. appealing judge's ruling on Great Lakes wolves
February 27, 2015 | AP Michigan is joining the federal government in appealing a decision that restores legal protections for gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region.
Kalamazoo Promise celebrating 10th anniversary
Kalamazoo MI February 26, 2015 | WGVU An initiative that awards college tuition to Kalamazoo high school graduates is celebrating its 10th anniversary and nearly 4,000 scholarships.
Plans move ahead for casino at former horse racing track
Fruitport Twp MI February 26, 2015 | WGVU Plans are moving forward for a casino at a former horse racing track in western Michigan.
Records: Number of women getting concealed gun licenses up
Lansing MI February 26, 2015 | WGVU Records show an increase in the number of women getting a license to carry a concealed handgun.
State shuts down in home day care amid death investigation
KENTWOOD, Mich. February 26, 2015 | WGVU The state has shut down an in-home day care in western Michigan following the death of an infant who had recently been cared for there.
Michigan efforts get $4 million to fight invasive species
LANSING, Mich. February 26, 2015 | WGVU The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says 20 projects are getting more than $4 million as part of efforts to fight invasive species.
Black History Month: GVSU Couple Create Doors Of Opportunity
Grand Rapids MI February 26, 2015 | WGVU As we round out Black History Month, we check in today with two Grand Valley State University Staff who recently received a “Trailblazer” award.
The annual Giants Awards earlier this month recognizes African Americans in the Grand Rapids community. This year, a couple was recognized for their efforts.
House adopts bills to relax air guns rules
February 26, 2015 | WGVU The state House has adopted legislation that would exempt air-, spring-, and gas-powered guns from Michigan firearms laws.
State grants boost local college skilled trade programs
February 26, 2015 | WGVU Nearly $13 million has been allocated to four western Michigan community colleges in an effort to bolster the state’s skilled trade programs.
Officials in Grand Rapids seek to boost youth employment
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. February 26, 2015 | AP Officials in Grand Rapids are taking steps to boost employment opportunities for young people in the city.
Board considers ballot language for Michigan road fund vote
LANSING, Mich. February 26, 2015 | AP The Board of State Canvassers is meeting to determine the wording of a road funding ballot proposal asking voters if they want to increase the state sales tax.
Lawmakers seek short-term action to stop Asian carp advance
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. February 26, 2015 | AP Members of Congress are calling for quick action at a crucial spot in the Chicago area to block Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.
Michigan House votes to carve air guns out of firearms laws
LANSING, Mich. February 26, 2015 | AP The Michigan has finished two days of voting on bills revising how the state regulates gun use and ownership.
Michigan House delays vote on police cellphone location data
LANSING, Mich. February 26, 2015 | AP The state House is delaying voting on a bill that would require wireless carriers to share cellphone location information with law enforcement during emergencies.
State Senate sends budget cuts to Gov. Snyder that divert surplus school aid dollars
February 26, 2015 | MPRN Legislation headed to Governor Rick Snyder would divert surplus school aid money to help fill Michigan’s budget hole.
GRPD expands youth outreach, summer academy program
February 25, 2015 | WGVU Grand Rapids Police Department officers visited more than two dozen schools to talk with students about law enforcement opportunities. It's a part of strategic recruitment efforts, and something officers say they enjoy.
Delta ends service from Rochester, Minnesota to Detroit
Rochester, Minnesota February 25, 2015 | WGVU Delta Airlines plans to end its daily flight from Rochester, Minnesota to Detroit, Michigan.
Records: Official urged state not to lease passenger trains
Lansing MI February 25, 2015 | WGVU Records show a local transportation official urged a Michigan agency not to lease passenger trains that are now sitting idle.
Effort to control deer population near school includes hunt
Dearborn, MI February 25, 2015 | WGVU Deer are being killed near the campus of the University of Michigan-Dearborn as part of an effort to manage the area's deer population.
Advocates urge Congress not to cut Great Lakes funding
Washington DC February 25, 2015 | WGVU Advocates for the Great Lakes are meeting in Washington, D.C., this week to push for continued funding of cleanup programs and discuss water quality issues such as algae blooms and oil transportation.
Michigan House considering bills changing gun permit process
Lansing MI February 25, 2015 | WGVU The state House is moving this week on approving a variety of bills changing how gun possession and use are regulated in Michigan.
Muskegon casino takes step toward becoming reality
February 25, 2015 | WGVU Little River Band of Ottawa Indians files application with Bureau of Indian Affairs
Black History Month: The Next Generation
Grand Rapids MI February 25, 2015 | WGVU Black History month is nearing its end. We have a couple of profiles to round out the week. Today, we talk with long time Grand Rapids City Commissioner Elias Lumpkins. He says Grand Rapids needs the commitment of young people to continue along the path of progress that’s already in the works.
Muskegon road millage, local fire proposals defeated
February 25, 2015 | WGVU Two Muskegon County tax proposals have been voted down by residents.
Authorities: Bicyclist, 58, dies after being hit by vehicle
PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. February 25, 2015 | WGVU Authorities say a 58-year-old bicyclist had died after being struck by a vehicle in western Michigan.
Grand Rapids commission renovations approved
February 25, 2015 | WGVU A more than $600,000 facelift for the Grand Rapids City Commission chambers called “unconscionable” by one commissioner receives 6-1 approval.
Grand Rapids Public Museum to open Egyptian exhibition
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. February 25, 2015 | AP The Grand Rapids Public Museum is preparing to open an exhibition of its collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts.
Lawsuit challenges photos, fingerprinting of young people
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. February 25, 2015 | AP A black man who says he was stopped, photographed and fingerprinted by Grand Rapids police despite committing no crime is challenging the practice.
Volunteers plan alternative to candy-tossing ban at parade
GRANDVILLE, Mich. February 25, 2015 | AP Organizers of a July 4 parade in western Michigan are seeking to avoid a ban on candy-tossing to spectators by having volunteers keep people from getting too close to vehicles along the route.
Michigan House approves bills changing gun permit process
LANSING, Mich. February 25, 2015 | AP The state House has begun approving a variety of bills changing how gun possession and use are regulated in Michigan.
U.S. House approves bill to step up fight against toxic algae
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. February 25, 2015 | AP The U.S. House has voted to require more aggressive federal action to prevent toxic algae blooms from contaminating the Great Lakes and other waterways around the nation.
New fight at Capitol over film subsidies
February 25, 2015 | MPRN A state House committee held a hearing today on legislation to end Michigan’s big tax breaks for film, TV, and movie projects.
State House approves overhaul of concealed pistol license approval
February 25, 2015 | MPRN Concealed weapons bills similar to ones Governor Rick Snyder vetoed last month are one step closer to heading back to his desk.